On the theme of retirement my wife and I have decided to make our own vegetable garden, so the roses that used to have pride of place in the garden, moved to an area of the garden where they will still bear blooms which we love to place indoors in the house. This then leaves the old rose garden which faces south for our new vegetable garden.
The beauty of this area is that the soil is very rich. We installed irrigation in this area several years ago which makes it perfect for the vegetables we want to plant. The area is 14′ x 14′ the area is at the front of the house but I do not think that will really be a problem, because vegetable gardens traditionally do not look very pretty. But the net result is that we will have fresh vegetable all through out the summer.If there are too many vegetable to consume we can trade with our neighbor because they are planting different vegetables to us. Some of the vegetables will need some advanced planning because like asparagus takes several years to mature.
All of this can about because of the success in baking bread. We tried to go back to store-bought bread and the surprise is that we did not like it at all. And the baking process is not that big a deal especially if you make artisan bread, because the dough is ready several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator, and taken out each day we need fresh bread.
Back to the vegetable garden, we hope to make the same success as we have with the bread. And any surplus vegetables will be preserved as we have done so with the surplus plums. This is going back to the way things were when we were children and out parents used to do similar things, because of necessity i.e. the lack of grocery store near by. Now it is because it is fun and the food we eat today is so highly processed that we really do not know what we are eating any more.
The need to grow our own produce based upon the fact that we have the patience to see the project through to the end. And we like fresh vegetables.